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Strawberries are clearly the favorite fruit of the Germans. This was clearly from the response to our small survey read (Thank you for participating!). There was hardly anyone who does not grow the tasty fruits in his garden or on the balcony in the pot and balcony box. There is always a place for strawberries!
Our user Susan K. reports that she has no room for strawberries in the soil, but cultivates strawberries in pipes and plant sacks. And when the strawberries are ripe, they are simply being eaten fresh or ice cream is added. But also strawberry cake and jam are very popular. If there are too many fruits, they can be frozen, so that there are fruit cakes in winter.
Incidentally, the climbing strawberry celebrates its 70th birthday this year. In 1947, master gardener Reinhold Hummel succeeded in cultivating an immortal climbing strawberry, which could be cultivated in pots and pots equipped with trellis aids and forms fruit on its long tendrils.
The climbing strawberry has been continuously developed since its creation. One of the latest varieties is called 'Klettertoni'
Strawberries are not berries
Strictly speaking, strawberry bears its name unjustly. Here, our desire does not apply to the fruit itself, but to the blossom-like, red-swelling bloom after flowering. The actual fruits sit on the outside as small green grains. So a "berry" is not a single fruit at all, but a collective fruit, or more precisely a collecting nut fruit, because the botanists call the strawberry fruits nutlets because of their hard, overgrown fruit peel. In a berry, a more or less juicy pulp surrounds the seeds. Classic examples are thorns, Johannis or blueberries, but also cucumber and pumpkin are from a botanical point of view berries.
The berry season starts in June with redcurrants and gooseberries, while blackberries, raspberries and blueberries ripen in July
On the roof terrace of Moni F. grow in addition to the strawberries and currants blueberries in boxes and pots. In general, redcurrants in all shades of color appear at the top of the popularity scale of our users. Gretel F. likes to use blackcurrants as a liqueur, processing them into cakes or sherbet. Redcurrants are a delicious ingredient for pancakes. Sabine D. also makes jams and fruit vinegar from the sour berries.
Colorful variety prevails with our user NeMa in the garden: there are raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries, blueberries and kiwis in addition to strawberries and redcurrants. She writes that the majority of the berries are consumed immediately and their children make sure that most of the fruit does not even come to the kitchen - picked fresh from the shrub, they taste best. Also Claudia R. hopes for a good harvest, only her gooseberries have unfortunately fallen to the night frosts in April and almost all froze.
Basically, berry fruit should be processed as quickly as possible after the harvest. Only about two days to keep the delicious fruits in the fridge. Injured specimens are sorted out immediately, otherwise they quickly mold. Need more ideas for berry processing? Our users make fruit salad, quark dishes, fruit sauces, geese, cold dishes, marmalade...
Always goes: homemade strawberry jam
Freeze soft fruit
If you harvest more berries than you can consume fresh, then freezing is recommended. The taste and the shape of the fruits are thus better preserved than when cooking. If you want to use them later as a topping for cakes, freeze the fruits lying side by side on a tray and pour them frozen in freezer bags or cans. This way, the individual berries can be distributed well on the cake later. If jam is to be boiled later, you can even puree the berries before freezing.